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Carlo DeVito is a long time wine lover, and author of books and magazine articles. He is the author of Wineries of the East Coast. He has traveled to wine regions in California, Canada, up and down the east coast, France, Spain and Chile. He has been a published executive for more than 20 years. He shepherded the wine book program of Wine Spectator as well as worked with Kevin Zraly, Oz Clarke, Matt Kramer, Tom Stevenson, Evan Dawson, Greg Moore, Howard Goldberg, and many other wine writers. He has also published Salvatore Calabrese, Jim Meehan, Clay Risen, and Paul Knorr. Mr. DeVito is the inventor of the mini-kit which has sold more than 100,000,000 copies world wide. He has also publisher such writers as Stephen Hawking, E. O Wilson, Philip Caputo, Gilbert King, James McPherson, John and Mary Gribbin, Thomas Hoving, David Margolick, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., John Edgar Wideman, Stanley Crouch, Dan Rather, Dee Brown, Susie Bright, and Eleanor Clift. He is also the owner of Hudson-Chatham Winery, co-founder of the Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail, and president of the Hudson Valley Wine Country.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Hudson Valley Brings Home 26 Medals From the Food & Wine Classic 2011

The 2011 New York Food & Wine Classic was held last weekend, and the Hudson Valley brought home 26 medals, including a gold for the Whitecliff Awosting White.

According to Jim Trezise, NYWGF President, "The awards were based on blind tastings by 21 expert judges-4 from California, 9 from New York, 6 from other states and 2 from the United Kingdom. Judges included prominent wine writers, restaurateurs, retailers, and wine educators. Three-judge panels determined the initial awards, with top-scoring wines evaluated by all 21 judges for Best of Category and Governor's Cup awards."

"Celebrating its 26th year, the Classic is organized by Teresa Knapp of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, and is open to all 307 New York wineries from all regions. In 2011, a total of 51 Double Gold, 66 Gold, 237 Silver, and 234 Bronze medals were awarded. In addition, "Best of Category" and "Best of Class" designations were awarded to wines rated as the finest in various areas. Double Gold medals require unanimity among a panel's judges that a wine deserves a Gold medal, whereas Gold medals require a majority vote."

Congrats to all the Hudson Valley wineries!

Here's the list of winners:

Benmarl Winery 2009 Traminette $14.99 Silver
Benmarl Winery 2009 Baco Noir $27.99 Silver
Benmarl Winery 2009 Merlot $19.99 Bronze
Benmarl Winery 2009 Dry Rosé $14.99 Bronze
Benmarl Winery 2009 Frontenac $14.99 Bronze

Brotherhood 2010 Dry Riesling $9.99 Silver
Brotherhood 2009 Ice Wine $29.99 Silver
Brotherhood 2010 Riesling $9.99 Bronze
Brotherhood 2008 Cabernet Sauv $14.99 Bronze
Brotherhood 2009 Pinot Noir $14.99 Bronze
Brotherhood NV Grand Monarque $24.99 Bronze

Clinton Vineyards NV Nuit $35.00 Bronze

Hudson-Chatham NV Paperbirch Cassis $19.95 Silver
Hudson-Chatham 2009 Baco Noir Old Vines 19.95 Bronze
Hudson-Chatham 2009 Chelois 19.95 Bronze

Millbrook Vineyards 2009 Chardonnay Proprietor's $20.00 Silver
Millbrook Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Franc $20.00 Silver
Millbrook Vineyards 2010 Tocai Friulano Bronze

Oak Summit Vineyard 2010 Chardonnay Bronze

Palaia Vineyards 2007 Lemberger $17.99 Bronze
Palaia Vineyards NV Joyful Pink $13.99 Bronze

Robibero Winery 2010 87 North $12.99 Silver

Stoutridge Vineyard 2008 Hudson Heritage "Lot A" Bronze

Whitecliff Vineyard NV Awosting White $12.95 Gold
Whitecliff Vineyard 2010 Reserve Chardonnay $16.95 Bronze
Whitecliff Vineyard 2010 Gamay Noir $16.95 Bronze


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